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'The Chair and the Men'

'The Chair and the Men' On Feb. 22, the church celebrates a feast that has been held in Rome for the past 16 centuries: the Chair of Saint Peter. According to the Daily Roman Missal, “This feast commemorates the office of supreme pastor conferred by Christ upon St. Peter and continued in unbroken succession to the p...
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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Turn to Jesus' teachings for answers

Our gospel story for the weekend of Feb. 9-10 began with a couple of discouraged fishermen.  They had worked all night and had nothing to show for it.  Then Jesus came along, climbed into one of the boats, sat down and began to teach them.  Only when he finished teaching did Jesus en...
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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Entering into Mystery

Entering into Mystery On Jan. 26, Candidates and Catechumens, along with parish Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults teams and sponsors, gathered at the Diocese of Evansville Catholic Center for a retreat on their journey to full initiation in the church at the Easter Vigil. The theme of the retreat was Entering into...
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Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Longing for balance

Longing for balance For many of us, the New Year arrives and brings with it the obligatory resolutions that we feel we need to make. We know we could do better in some areas of our lives, and the New Year provides this new slate on which to write a new and better chapter in our lives. Some of us vow to lose weight, ex...
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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

A man of God, for the glory of God

A man of God, for the glory of God “It takes a man of God, with the Word of God, and the Spirit of God, to make the children of God, for the glory of God.” –Jack Wellman, Christian author As the school year commenced in 1971, I found myself, as a sixth-grader, in very unfamiliar territory with no choice but to conc...
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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Being a sheep dog

Being a sheep dog “I am the good shepherd. As the Father knows me and I know the Father, in the same way I know my sheep and they know me” (John 10: 14-15).  I recently watched a fictitious TV show about rescuing high school students who were in danger.  As the S.W.A.T team sped to the sight, t...
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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Seeing local needs from a distance

Seeing local needs from a distance Shortly after Thanksgiving, I traveled to the U.S./Mexicoborder to help our brothers and sisters who are walking in the caravan.  Benedictine Sister Gail Hamilton and I went to Eagle Pass, Texas, which is about a mile from the border, to help out another Benedictine, Sister Ursula  from B...
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Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Silent Night

Silent Night Although the Lord was later to lead me to the sacrament of holy matrimony, I spent some of the most formative years of my young adulthood in the seminary. Among the many traditions that marked those years, one that always brings joy to my memory is the “Christmas room.” During the seaso...
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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Advent: Priming the Pump

Advent: Priming the Pump In a recent conversation on families the question was asked, “What do today’s families look like?”  Some of the responses included: busy; distracted; competitive; fractured; unstable; diverse; overwhelmed with information; use radically different communication tools; and rela...
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Thursday, December 06, 2018

The God of surprises

The God of surprises As another Advent season approaches I can’t help but think … what will make this one meaningful?  What might I do differently that will lead me to a deeper more profound experience of this spiritual season?  How might I challenge myself to look at this season with “new e...
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Wednesday, November 28, 2018